School of Biological and Chemical Sciences

Engaging the Public in Science (15 credits)

Module code: SMD5251

Credits: 15.0
Semester: YEAR

  • Semester 1: Weeks 10: Monday 3 pm - 5 pm
    Off-Campus Visit
  • Semester 1: Weeks 8: Monday 3 pm - 4 pm
  • Semester 1: Weeks 11: Monday 5 pm - 7 pm
  • Semester 1: Weeks 12: Monday 3 pm - 5 pm
  • Semester 1: Weeks 4, 5: Monday 3 pm - 5 pm
  • Semester 1: Weeks 6, 9: Monday 3 pm - 6 pm
  • Semester 1: Weeks 8: Monday 4 pm - 6 pm
  • Semester 2: Weeks 2, 4, 6: Monday 3 pm - 5 pm

Contact: Dr Mark Roberts
Overlap: SMD5252
Prerequisite: None

How can we convey the importance of science and research to people who haven't studied scientific subjects? Why is it vital to do so? What is the difference between communicating science and involving the public in science? In this module you will explore different approaches to engaging the public in science, with an emphasis on biological and medical sciences. You will look in detail at a range of examples of public engagement such as museums, broadcasts, social media and schemes that involve patient groups in medical research. You will critically assess who they are designed for and how well they work for different audiences. Examples will include some of the unique public engagement activities offered by QMUL. Based on what you have learned you will then develop a public engagement object/activity yourself. Teaching for the module will include face-to-face sessions, online resources and site visits. Assessment will be through coursework.

Connected course(s): UDF DATA
Assessment: 90.0% Coursework, 10.0% Examination
Level: 5